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Our Favourite Art Walls


We’re super proud of the beautiful Australian spaces we’ve been invited to capture and share over the past nine years. So, today, we’re excited to begin another (!) new weekly regular: Roundup.

A considered edit of design and decorating ideas from our archive, we hope Roundup brings you lots of real home inspiration, and helps to unearth those pics you once loved but got buried under a mountain of other screenshots!

With our next TDF Collect exhibition, SERAPH by Spencer Shakespeare, opening this weekend (come say hi!) – we thought we’d begin with our favourite creative ideas for hanging artwork.

24th May, 2017
Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 24th May 2017

Like most decorating decisions, there are no rules for hanging and displaying artwork, aside from ensuring a strong, secure hook!

One of our favourite artwork display solutions, though, is a ‘salon hang’ – hanging a large collection of artwork or framed prints clustered together on one wall.

An eclectic and busy arrangement works well for varied frames in different sizes, whilst a neat orderly hang is usually best where artworks are similarly framed. (Re-visit our video for some hanging tips). And, we’re still in awe of Sandra Powell and Andrew King‘s EPIC collection of original Banksy artworks, hung at crazy angles.

Your collection need not be all original paintings, though. Many of our favourite artworks for the home include framed prints and posters, personal photographs, even textiles or beautiful wrapping paper – as in the home of Peter and Paula Mills.

A tight edit of artworks with the same theme always makes for strong visual impact, like Lynda Gardener‘s collection of antique oil painting portraits.

As with all things, the main rule to follow with all decorating decisions is to surround yourself with things you love. No matter your creative field or interest, you can always channel your passions into your home. Photographer Kara Rosenlund sleeps beside a collection of inexpensive, vintage seaside paintings and photographs, her fervent love of the ocean as a subject is further evident in her own photographic series, Into the Sea.

What links the strongest examples in this roundup is the ambience and impact that an art wall creates. In our experience, when displayed in this eye-catching way, a collection of salon-hung  artwork will always spark conversation!

The Albert Park home of Lynn and Geoff Clay. Lynn’s beautifully curated retail stores showcase her distinctive vintage-inspired aesthetic, and this unique sense of style inevitably spills over into her home life too. Photo –Annette O’Brien. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

The Design Files acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers, and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files. Please email